ferns growing beside a narrow side door in the chapel wall at Tocal

Returning from a conference on the theme of ‘life and living’ at Tocal Agricultural College in the Hunter Valley,  I feel broadened and deepened by the wisdom of Craig Holdrege of the Nature Institute, of Helmy Abouleish, the leader of Egyptian community Sekem, and of Gunther Hauk of Spikenard Farm. This came after four days in Melbourne at the moral technologies conference basking in the teaching of Orland Bishop* of Shadetree Multicultural Centre. Continue reading “become”

soul music

Zuefei Yang playing Concierto de Aranjuez
Xuefei Yang performs Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo

Do you have a piece of music which evokes a particular feeling for you? I don’t mean that piece that conjures up a special place or time of your life although music can do that too.

Riding trains in Europe on what we now call a gap year, I played  Joan Armatrading’s Willow over and over Continue reading “soul music”

intangible souvenirs

chairs at bass hill This week I beat a retreat to Bass Hill hermitage. It was perfect for several reasons—within a couple of hours of home, it provided a few days of solitude and quiet and they generously offer a truly affordable single person’s price.

While I was there, I decided on a semi-silent retreat. I would keep quiet and resist answering emails or fiddling with my phone or laptop. Continue reading “intangible souvenirs”